The Tunnel to Towers 9/11 Institute™ is proud to introduce the Russell F. Siller Memorial Scholarships, in memory of Russell F. Siller (August 6, 1942 – November 8, 2019), a bright, guiding light to all who knew him.
Russell F. Siller’s distinguished teaching career spanned 50 years, from teaching orphans at St. Michael’s orphanage to 30 years as a high school teacher at St. Peters Boys High School, Moore High School, St. Agnes High School and at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Russell F. Siller was also a poet, a writer, an athlete and a beloved husband, brother, brother-in-law and uncle, who positively impacted the lives of so many people, in particular his students, who often expressed how he changed their lives for the better.
Russell F. Siller was a guiding force in the lives of his siblings Frank, George, Stephen, Janis, Mary and Regina. Russell and his wife, Jacky, raised Stephen from the age of 10 after the death of Mae and George Siller. Upon the inception of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, it was Russ who suggested that it have the teaching of St. Francis, “While we have time, let us do good,” as its cornerstone. He has always been the Foundation’s spiritual guide and he always will be.
This is Russell F. Siller’s legacy which we will carry forward through financial scholarships to be awarded to the children of program recipients who are exemplary high school students preparing for college. Each applicant will be required to make a video submission as part of their application. More details will be available about our application requirements in Q4, 2022.